With this issue, we begin a new feature that hopes to capture a glimpse of what your neighbors think about a variety of issues, topics and events.
You might find us anywhere around Bluffton with a camera and note pad, asking simple questions and hoping for thoughtful answers.
We hope to find you as we cover the greater Bluffton community.
Our first question, at the Bluffton Post Office, was: “What do you think about the plastic bag ban in Beaufort County?”
Here’s a snapshot of what folks are thinking and saying.
Ann Graham, Bluffton: “I applaud it. I worry about the trash problem and how it affects wildlife in the oceans … I read somewhere that 80 percent of sea life have ingested plastic, and to me that’s unacceptable.”
Martinez Williams, Georgetown: “That doesn’t make sense to me. I guess I understand the reasons, but where I’m from we save and reuse plastic bags. Paper bags could work, but I think they’d be more money.”
Bob Hood, Bluffton: “It would certainly be inconvenient. I see what they’re concerned about, but I see it as a trade-off, and I’d hate to see them do away with plastic. In my mind it would be inconvenient.”
Robert Ackerman, Bluffton: “I think it’s a good idea. I’m not an expert on this, but I think it takes something like 100 years or more for one plastic bag to decompose, and we’re producing millions and millions of them. So I think it’s good.”
Cheri Tanner, Bluffton: “I prefer plastic, but I know some people put them in the ocean. So that’s the bad part. I love the animals, too, but personally I prefer plastic.”